Every year millions of people around the world make New Year’s Resolutions. This is partly because a lot of us tend to view the New Year as a clean slate. While there is nothing wrong with viewing 2018 as a fresh start this can lead to unrealistic expectations and ultimately failure.
Instead of viewing the New Year as the chance to become a completely different person view it as a continuation of the last year. I mean, that’s what it is. A continuation of time.
Another problem is the desire to make big changes or too many changes implies there’s something wrong with who you already are. You are not some lame wooden block tower to be demolished. You are an awesome Lego project to be built upon and expanded to somehow become even cooler.
This year choose ONE area you wish to focus on to help you reach your ultimate goal for 2018. This could be a promotion, weight loss, larger social circle, or just learning a new skill. Then break that goal down into easily manageable steps. This will make it easier to succeed and help you stay motivated because you can see yourself progressing.
The best part is even if you don’t accomplish your entire goal you’ve at least accomplished something, and you can continue to build upon that success. To make it even easier I’ve created a worksheet you can print out and hang in a place where you’ll see it often. This will serve as a tangible reminder of what you’re working towards and the steps you need to take.
Happy New Year’s and cheers to a somehow even better you.